Ex-NFL player Keion Carpenter passed away on Thursday after collapsing during a workout earlier this week, according to a statement from his family.
“It is with regret that we as a family announce that at 6:47 am Keion Eric Carpenter was pronounced dead, at Jackson South Community Hospital in Miami, Florida.”
“Keion collapsed while on a family vacation and remained in a coma for 24 hours. Keion(‘s) remains will be flown back to Baltimore for burial.”
Carpenter’s college coach Frank Beamer released a statement, saying “Keion was one of the rocks around which we built our program at Virginia Tech in the 1990s. He was a tenacious punt blocker and a relentless player on defense.
“More importantly, he had a heart of gold. His work with The Carpenter House and other charitable organizations to help those in need truly embodied the Virginia Tech Spirit.”
RIP KEION CARPENTER ?
— VT Football (@VT_Football) December 29, 2016
Carpenter, who played for the Bills and Falcons, was 39-years-old.